Sunday, October 30, 2011


Yesterday was the Monster Dash 5K.  I'm disappointed about it.  Let me tell you about it in more detail.

This is Katie, myself, and Christa pre-5K.  We were Sideline Superheroes for the costume contest.  Our costumes looked pretty awesome, but the metallic leggings were not good to run in.  They were falling down so much -- which is the cause of my disappointment.

Stupidly, we didn't do a test run in the leggings.  If we had, we never would have worn them.  Within the first 10 steps of the 5K, I knew the next 3.1 miles were going to be absolutely horrible.  The leggings were falling down.  I couldn't run because the leggings would fall down and I was afraid my ass was going to start hanging out.  I guess one good thing is that our glittery capes covered that up.  But, I spent the entire time pulling up the leggings and pulling my shirt down.  I tried running, but I would take about 10 steps and the leggings would be back falling down again.  I ended up power walking the entire thing, except for the last .1 mile.

This is the medal we got after the race.  I don't feel like I earned it at all because I didn't want to walk the whole thing.  I wanted to run it and beat my previous 5K time, but because of the stupid leggings, I couldn't run without them falling down to the point where my t-shirt wouldn't cover it anymore.  I'm upset with myself that I didn't know the leggings were a bad idea.  I'm upset I wasn't able to run the 5K.  I spent the entire time walking faster and faster, hiking up my pants every 20 feet, hoping I would get close to my previous 5K time. 

It probably would have been easier to run in jeans than those leggings...

Sorry for sounding like I'm beating myself up over this, but I'm really disappointed and upset about the whole thing.  I'm not looking for a pity party right now, I just really wanted to vent.  So, right now the medal is hanging on the wall above my desk, but it is not a medal I am proud of. 

That part is really sad because I was most excited about the medal for this 5K. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Possible garden news!

So, way back in May when the community garden group I was a part of was disbanded, I contacted Saint Paul's District 10 (which I reside in) via their Web site.  After not hearing back about the email I sent, I didn't think much about it.

Well, today I got an email from District 10 telling me their contact form on their Web site hadn't been working and that had missed my email because of that.  I was told an Environment Committee will be working to get a garden set up next spring.

Of course I emailed back asking if they need any community involvement that I would be interested.  I was told when a planning committee gets planned, I will be contacted and meetings about planning the garden could start happening in November or December.

This is so exciting!  But, I don't want to get my hopes up too much because last time I was extremely disappointed.

That reminds me... I need to get my $15 dollars back for the garden that never happened.  Hopefully this garden works out better than the last.  Cross your fingers!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Two more runs until the 5K

Well, make that one more run.  I've knocked one off my list tonight.

The 5K is fast approaching.  I'm not as prepared for it as I was for the first one, but I'm not very worried about it.  My philosophy is, run until my lungs are tired then walk for a bit.  Then, start running again.  It seems to be working for me because I'm going faster than I have been.

Also, I think I'm going to post my Lose It! daily summaries on a weekly basis instead of daily.  I'm thinking about being like Katie and only posting them when I go over my daily calorie limit.  I don't know.  Thoughts?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Daily summaries...

All of my daily summaries from Thursday through Sunday.  It was a busy weekend with my mom.  It's going to be a very busy next three weeks for me.  5K this weekend, Sean's birthday, Sioux Falls weekend, Wombats concert, and a visit to Sleepy Eye so my dad can work on my car. 

Very busy indeed.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Things to do tonight:
  • Run
  • Clean apartment
  • Thursday night TV (Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice)
  • My mama is coming to visit tomorrow so I need to get food for lunch on Saturday
  • Hmmmm, anything else?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Read this, now!

Read this post about Halloween by Joy the Baker

It's wonderful and so true.

Probably only the ladies will enjoy it, but it's true nonetheless.

P.S. I love the word nonetheless.  And albeit. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hey, guess what?

I went for a run!

I ran the same speed testing route I did last time.  And it went better than last time.

One minute and 14 seconds faster actually...

I'm proud of myself.

Monday, monday.

I've been sticking to posting my daily summaries for a week now.  And I can tell it has made it easier to stay on track knowing that I am posting this here. 

I need to go for a run tonight.  In the cold weather.  It's not even supposed to break 50 degrees today.  Hopefully the day of the 5K will be warmer!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Here's yesterday's daily summary.  Today was a disappointing weigh day.  I lost .2 pounds.

Yes, that's better than gaining .2 pounds, but really, .2 pounds?  Whatever.  No point in dwelling in the past, time to move forward and lose more next time.

Have a good weekend.

Friday, October 14, 2011

10/13/2011 and making goals.

Another daily summary.  Exciting.  I never know what to write about with these.  Maybe I won't write anything?  I will figure something out.

I am SUPER happy and proud of Katie for making her goal weight today!  Like I told her, "We're kickin' butt and taking names!"

Tomorrow is weigh day for me.  Who's excited?!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Small victories.

I noticed tonight my ankles are getting skinnier.  Weird, I know.  But it's the small things I'm noticing that are keeping me going.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Daily Summary 10/11//2011

Here's my food summary from yesterday.  To see it larger if you would like, just click on the image.  I came in 139 calories under my 1,830 calorie limit.  Also, I usually do not add my exercise because I don't want to over compinsate for those calories.  

Have a good day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Back on the horse.

I ran tonight.

I'm testing out a 1.41 mile route to see how long it takes me to walk/jog it.  Eventually I want to be running the whole route.  Today wasn't great, not going to lie.  I'm not very proud of it, but I'm proud of myself for going out there and doing it.

Also, I'm going to start posting my daily summaries of what I eat the day before to hold myself more accountable.  That way, I will think, "Do I really want to eat this and put on my blog that I ate this?" before I eat something crappy.

Katie and I talked about posting daily summaries at work today.  We can hold ourselves accountable.

Sidebar, small victories: moving to a smaller notch on my belt and putting on athletic shorts that were previously too tight around the leg.  It is the small things like that motivate me because I look at my body every day and I don't see a change at all.  But.  But!  I notice a change when little things like that happen.

Now, I'm going to go put on the shorts that now fit and enjoy my evening not watching my normal Tuesday night programming because of baseball playoffs.  Boo.  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Have an abnormally large carrot? Make cake.

Hi!  Hello there.  How was your week?  I hope it turned out just how you wanted it to.

Want to see what I did this week?  Let me show you!

First, I was visiting my parents and was able to watch the yearly garden competition judging.  This year, my dad blew my brother out of the water with his huge carrots. I'm pretty sure my dad grows vegetables on steroids.

So, I went home with this carrot.

Isn't it huge?  What do you do with one giant carrot?  Well make carrot cake of course!

First, grating of all the carrot commenced.  By the way, finally bought a box grater from Ikea.  And, I love it.

Gotta mix all the dry ingredients together.

Gather all the wet ingredients together.

Now comes time to combine!

Stir, stir, stir.

Doesn't look appetizing.  Don't think about the batter, but instead about the deliciousness carrot cake is.

Prepare for frosting.  Don't ask, I like taking pictures of random things.  Don't judge me.

Creamed butter and white chocolate.  I don't even like white chocolate and I love this frosting.  

Time to add powdered sugar.  Just about done with the frosting.

Stupidly, I didn't take any pictures after the cake/cupcakes were completed.  Silly me.  You will just have to take my word on how delicious it turned out.

I slightly modified the recipe for carrot cake from Better Homes and Gardens.  I wanted to stick with a basic recipe for carrot cake.  I didn't want any orange or pineapple in it or other crap like that.  Gross.  I made white chocolate frosting that can be found here.  I love this frosting. 

Seriously, try the frosting.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Enjoyable blogs

So, I was thinking to myself earlier today, "There are many blogs I enjoy reading.  I wonder if anyone else would find those same blogs enjoyable?"

Let's find out, shall we?

Food/Baking Blogs:
  • Joy the Baker - I want to try many of her recipes and her podcasts are quite entertaining.  It's not always about baking, but interesting nonetheless.
  • shutterbean - Tracy does the podcast with Joy the Baker.  She also has delicious looking food.
  • Sweetapolita - Mmmm cakes and frosting and other various baked sweet treats.
  • Sprinkle Bakes - More gorgeous cakes.
  • One Twenty Five - She is documenting her weight loss and the struggles with trying to achieve her goal weight.  It's entertaining to read.
  • Ben Does Life - Reading this blog inspired my lifestyle change.

I know, that is only six blogs.  And yes, I do know they're about food and fitness.  Two opposite extremes.  But.  It is what I enjoy reading. 

I used to read a few other blogs, but I've realized I find them kind of annoying and I'm have no idea why I keep reading if I find them so annoying.  So, I'm trying to stop reading those.  I really should delete them off my favorites.  That way it won't be so easy to click there and then be annoyed by it. 

I'm sorry if my blog is annoying to you.  Really, stop reading if it is.  There are better blogs to read (like the ones linked above).

Seriously, for sure check these blogs out.  Especially the baking blogs. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 1

I have good news to report.  The October 1st weigh in went well.  Very well.  I lost 3.5 pounds since the last weigh in. 

Honestly, I didn't think I was going to lose anything.  I was sure I was going to gain a couple pounds. 

Luckily, I didn't. 

Total since July 28 is 19.5 pounds lost and many more to go.